I took 3 full days off after Oregon trip. That's in terms of training. I wasn't sore, but I needed a mental break and to recoup. Thursday, I went for a run...and things came full circle. My business is flourishing, probably due to the spring time, when first of all we all want to take better care of ourselves, and secondly, it is a midst of the running season, and muscles need TLC and injuries need healing and we are so much more aware of where we are...I am loving it and getting frustrated for not having enough hours in a day. And as usual, when things get tight on time, something has to give - and most often than I want to, it's my yoga practice, what I call "my time for me". I am sad, but for the past month I could only practise once a week. Summer, I tell myself, once my first-half-of-the-year racing is over, I will be back. I am just so afraid to loose hard earned results.
|Hoggs Hunt and Rock Climbing|
That following Sunday I had taken a test and had officially become an NCSF Certified Personal Trainer. A passing, again! One more thing for my future "retirement plan" - RRCA weekend to become a Certified Running Coach - is on agenda for the last weekend of April in Austin, and I am so dreaming of all the things I could do! Not to mention, looks like we might have picked the place to do just that - Flagstaff, AZ, and we are going to visit it and do some backpacking and running on Memorial Day weekend.
Anyhow, this past week was my last chance to get some more or less serious miles in, as the following will be intensely occupied with massage clients (after regular job, of course) and that RRCA 8am-5pm Sat-Sun running clinic. So, I begged my body and the clock to let me do that. I killed the gym, ran trails and roads, did a hardest track so far and hardest hill repeats this season, or in Austin, for that matter (is it possible I used to do 2x45min hills back in a days?).
And today Larry and I found a new favorite trail in Austin! We heard of it, we talked of it, we envied those who used it - and now was the day we were able to squeeze it in! It was beautiful, tough, awesome, best built, lots of climb, great quad buster and agility teacher, and at only 6 miles round-trip, it is the best place to go to. And it's called "Staircase"!
Late afternoon brought us to rock-climbing gym and for me - down memory line. Tomorrow - Bastrop park, 15M, next week more training, last long run, and off to taper for San Diego 50. I am getting excited for it, and weirdly enough, for Old Dominion 100M as well. While there will be no mountains I love (really, hills ain't all that), and lots of dirt road instead of single track, I can't wait for it to come - it is a special challenge, when there is lots of running involved, even more of heat and humidity, old history, local cheer with aid off the back of the truck, few runners and a sweet buckle at the end...
p.s. we are back from the run, and truly, as I say time and again, there is only one muscle that needs exercising - your brain. Running is all mental. You tell yourself to do it, and you do it. Everything in life comes from the head and from the heart, the physical limitations do not exist.